Atlanta, Ga., July 16, 2016 – The 121st Infantry Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard, hosted a military ball Saturday at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel to celebrate its storied history. 

Arthur Blank, owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS's Atlanta United, chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and co-founder of The Home Depot attended as the guest speaker for the event and was made an honorary commander of the regiment.

Georgia National Guard's Adjutant General, Brigadier General Joe Jarrard was grateful for Mr. Blank's attendance and his long-time support of the military. 

"Mr. Blank and his businesses have supported our nation's military throughout the years, and we're proud to have him here with us," said Jarrard.  "Through initiatives like the Atlanta Falcons' player visits to our military bases and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation's donations to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, he has demonstrated his love and commitment to our men and women in uniform as well as our military families."

Individuals are selected as honorary commanders because of their position or influence in the community, and their ability to foster awareness and public support for the military and its service members. 

The 121st Infantry Regiment is represented by three battalions in the Georgia National Guard, and traces its history back to 1917, although some of its units pre-date the Civil War.  121st regimental unit armories are located throughout the state of Georgia, and their parent organization, the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team recently became an associated unit with Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division.     

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., July 12, 2016 – Georgia National Guardsman Spc. Joseph Broam earned the opportunity to represent the Army National Guard in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition. Broam competed at the brigade, state, regional and national level of the Best Warrior competition in order to engage in competition against the Army's finest.

The Savannah native competed against the best of nearly 350,000 Soldiers within the entire Army National Guard. The physical and mental stamina of the competitors was tested through sleep deprivation and in multiple events including physical fitness, marksmanship, land navigation and combat scenarios.

"We couldn't be prouder of our very own 2016 National Best Warrior Competitor," said Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Stringfield, Command Sergeant Major for the Georgia Army National Guard. "He put his best foot forward and represented our state well. Congratulations to Spc. Broam! We know he will continue to do great things for this organization."

Broam, an infantryman from 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will now move on to represent the Army National Guard in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition, to be held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, 2016. The Best Warrior Competition will bring together Soldiers that represent over 1 million members of the U.S. Army worldwide of the Guard, Reserve and Active Duty components.

"While I am thankful, I am humbled by this opportunity," said Broam, "It is an honor to not only be a representative for the state of Georgia, but for the entire Army National Guard."

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., May, 13, 2016 Four Airmen from the Joint Air Dominance Center located in Garden City, and six Airmen from the 116th Civil Engineering Squadron located in Warner Robins, recently completed several large scale engineering and construction projects in the Country of Georgia in preparation for Exercise Noble Partner 16.

Exercise Noble Partner 16 is a Georgian and U.S. military training exercise taking place at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, May 11 to 26, 2016. The exercise is a critical part of Georgia's training for its contribution of a light infantry company to the NATO Response Force (NRF) and enhances Georgian territorial self-defense capabilities.

The Airmen deployed for 30 days to the Country of Georgia to prepare the training area for American and Georgian armored units. This is the first time the M-1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks have deployed to the area.

"Our efforts enabled the Abrams tanks to participate in this exercise by having a bridge strong enough to support their movement across a river and into the training area," said Tech. Sgt. Johnathan Biggers.

The Airmen completed 3,600 man hours on the projects. Some of the projects included construction of a 220ft land bridge, 8.4 miles of roads shaped, graded and compacted, placement of 378 linear feet of drainage pipes and construction and improvement of a streambed for better flow. Additionally, the Georgia Air National Guard Airmen placed survey points and associated data while surveying bridges, hill slopes and mapping the entire project area for the exercise.

In addition to Georgian Armed Forces and U.S. forces from U.S. Army Europe, Georgia Army and Air National Guardsmen are participating in the exercise. C-130 "Hercules" aircraft from the 165 Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard are providing lift capability.

Noble Partner also involves hundreds of members of the Georgian Armed Forces as well as armed forces from the United Kingdom.

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga. – The Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been selected as the first National Guard unit to participate in an Army pilot program to test the Associated Units concept. The 48th IBCT and 3rd Infantry Division will serve as the first associated units to train together and strengthen readiness.

“Much of America’s Army’s capacity is resident in the Reserve Components and we must rely more heavily on them to meet the demands of a complex global environment,” Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Mark Milley said. “The Associated Units pilot allows us to leverage the capabilities and capacities of the Active Component, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard as One Army.”

Overall, the pilot study will impact 27 Guard, Reserve and Active units across the nation.

“This Associated Units pilot is an opportunity to provide our Soldiers better opportunities for personal and professional growth,” said Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, the Adjutant General of Georgia. “The Associated Units concept gives Soldiers the chance to conduct additional training and hone their skills to sustain higher readiness and reduce training requirements when activated.”

This summer, Task Force 1-28 Infantry, an Active Army infantry battalion stationed on Fort Benning, Georgia, will be associated with the 48th IBCT. The 48th IBCT, meanwhile, will be associated with the 3rd ID, stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. Both the 48th IBCT and 3rd ID have storied legacies that will benefit from this strengthened relationship.

"The Soldiers of Task Force 1-28 and the Soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade will wear the patch of the 3rd Infantry Division,” Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard said. “This brigade will train and, if called to do so, deploy and fight with the 3rd Infantry Division as an Associated Unit. These units will develop relationships and standards in home station so they may fight together in combat without having to meet on the battlefield and figure these things out.”

Given the proximity of Fort Stewart, the association 48th IBCT with 3rd ID is a win-win for the state of Georgia, the Army, and the nation.

“Readiness continues to be our priority, because the demand for trained Army formations is not going away,” said the 3rd ID commander, Maj. Gen. Jim Rainey. “There is nothing more important. Training with the 48th IBCT benefits both formations, and expands our capacity to fight a hybrid enemy operating in an increasingly complex environment.”

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For more info go to:
http://www.army.mil/article/164629/Department_of_the_Army_Announces_Associated_Units_Pilot/
https://issuu.com/georgiaguard/docs/annual_report_2015/17
http://www.stewart.army.mil/units/history.asp?id=146

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FORT STEWART, Ga., Feb. 16, 2016 –  An Augusta native from the Georgia Army National Guard's 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade made history as she the unit's first female 91 Papa Artillery Mechanic.

Specialist Marcia Courtright graduated from the 122nd Regional Training Institute, Regional Training Site-Maintenance as a fully qualified 91 Papa. This military occupational specialty was previously only open to male Soldiers. It was not until 2015 that the active component opened the MOS to female Soldiers and had their first female graduate.

"I guess for me it's not male or female it's the passion you have in your heart for what you do," said Courtright. "Every job matters in this uniform, but I felt like this was personally what I was meant to do and I'm thankful for the opportunity."

Courtright joined the Georgia Army National Guard as a 94 Foxtrot Computer Detection Systems Repairer and was assigned to the 1-214th Forward Support Company out of Washington.

Now that she holds her new MOS, her command and fellow Soldiers look forward to seeing her excel in her assignment as an artillery mechanic in the 1-214th. 

"It's a lot of weight on my shoulders so I will always remember to do the right thing," said Courtright. "I know I am setting the standards for female Soldiers who come after me, but I look forward to being that example for all in this uniform."

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